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3 May

Email to W.W.

Wordsworth wrote his ‘Ode: Intimations of Immortality’ in 1804.  More than any other poem it describes the intense joy of childhood but also how memories of those days help us tackle the routine of the present, and the challenge of the day to day as we go through life.

It is essentially optimistic even though much is inevitably lost as we grow up. Despite this optimism it ends:

“To me the meanest flower that blows can give

Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears.”

The poem bears out Shelley’s claim that:

“Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.”

It tells us how we change as the years pass. Do find time to read it.

Then, if you have more time on your hands, read my email to Wordsworth, which is on a lighter level altogether.

To read my poem, click here.